Suspected kidnappers have abducted some church members of the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC), Oke Igan, in Akure, the Ondo state capital.
A woman identified as Mrs Olanike, lamented that two of her family members were among the kidnapped church members going for a programme in Ose council area.
It was learnt that the victims, numbering 25, were kidnapped around 3pm on Friday while traveling to Ifon in Ose local government area for a burial ceremony of a parent of one of them.
The woman said the vehicle conveying the kidnapped choir members was seen abandoned on roadside.
The Owo-Ifon-Benin road which is notorious for kidnapping and armed robbery is currently in deplorable condition.
Speaking on the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs Funmilayo Odunlami, confirmed that eight of the victims had been rescued while efforts were ongoing to rescue the remaining victims.
“Good news!, eight victims rescued, effort is on to rescue others unhurt.
“Yesterday afternoon, the police was informed that a church Bus with the Inscription CAC was abandoned around Elegbeka area and there are suspicions that the passengers in the vehicle were kidnapped.
“The Police Anti kidnapping squad and other tactical teams have been deployed to the area to rescue the victims and arrest all involved in the crime”, she said.